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Centre Point

Words Kirk Truman Illustrations Ross Becker “…a celebration of everything that makes London a world-class city.” Here, in the few square miles which make up the West End, there is little that rises above 10 storeys. The Post Office Tower and Senate House are among the most familiar beacons in this part of London, though there is perhaps one architectural fixture that’s even more instantly recognisable. Sitting on the borders of Fitzrovia and Soho, Centre Point has…
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THRSXTY

Words Kirk Truman Photography Etienne Gilfillan “Every brand has a story to be told, and we love telling stories…” I’m sitting with Oli Wheeler on Little Portland Street. We’re talking about public relations, his agency THRSXTY, and his secret life as a drummer and self-confessed adrenaline junkie. There are almost too many PR agencies to count in this neighbourhood, but this street is especially populous, filled with some of London’s biggest names in communications. We’re discussing Oli’s…
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Fresh Lifestyle

Words  Kirk Truman Photography  Etienne Gilfillan “This really began to give us a flavour of something much bigger… we’d only really started to scratch the surface with what we could do.”   In a prime location at the corner of Cleveland Street and Mortimer Street sits One Fitzroy. It’s home to US manufacturer and marketer of prestige beauty products, Estée Lauder, and at ground level you’ll find one of their highly-regarded collaborators. Few salon partners have…
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Jon Van der Mije

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Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “There’s always been an element of competition about food which I’ve enjoyed… it’s the challenge that I strive for.” We’re walking around the busy kitchen at Percy & Founders. It’s midweek, and the place is still buzzing even at the very end of the lunch hour. While chefs cook, chop and stir at every turn, at the reins is the newest addition to this central Fitzrovia restaurant, Head Chef Jon Van…
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Gary Kemp

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Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “There’s an artistic decadence about the area which still lingers – it’s the most artistically vibrant neighbourhood in London…” It’s just shy of 10am and we’re siting up on the first floor of the Rebecca Hossack Gallery on Conway Street: me, Gary Kemp and Piper, his friendly miniature labradoodle. Gary has been coming to the gallery, just round the corner from his home, for many years. On this particular grey Monday morning…
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Citizens

Words & Photography Etienne Gilfillan Pampered pooches and exotic cats on leashes… Fitzrovia’s pets are seemingly no strangers to the area’s gentrification. These furry citizens have taken a liking to the high life, freeloading snacks from strangers and local businesses, and using local trees as their observation posts, always on the lookout for Fitzrovia’s pet paparazzi and the chance to become local celebrities!
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Inci Ismail

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Words & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “We are very close to everything that leaves our kitchen, and the atmosphere that we create…” Walking down Newman Street one morning, I noticed the colourfully painted interiors and neon lights of a brand new restaurant. The playful interior, with brightly coloured skeletons and sword-wielding warriors adorning the walls, immediately drew me in. But sitting down to breakfast, I quickly realised that despite the eatery’s modern look, the lovingly prepared dishes…
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The Museum of Modern Nature

Words & Illustrations Sophie Pelissier It is often worth reminding ourselves that, as Londoners, we are lucky to have some of the world’s oldest and most important museums at our feet. We have the opportunities to know everything about anything, and have never been so spoiled for big blockbuster exhibitions. However, sometimes it’s all too easy to drift through a museum and feel that we are learning simply by dutifully observing what is put in front…
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Treadwell’s Bookshop

Words Vaneesha Ritchie Photography Etienne Gilfillan “I want it to be a place for people to come and come back to and build a connection to and weave into their own histories.” Where do curious Fitzrovians go if they’re wondering how people made sense of the world in the past? Or how they themselves might make sense of it today? Well, many of them head to Treadwells. Christina Oakley Harrington opened her now well-established bookshop back…
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Joshua Kane

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Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “I wanted to sell, design and produce clothes with my name on them, with my own particular vision.” It’s safe to say that Joshua Kane has been on my radar for a while now. Since hearing about him some months back, I’d been intending to find a way for us to work together. Friends from all walks of life, at least those with an eye for clothes, seemed to mention his…
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Daniel Bates

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Words & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan For years, Fitzrovia has enjoyed a sort of sleepy anonymity. While tourists flocked to popular haunts in Soho, Marylebone and Mayfair, this corner of the West End seemed somewhat neglected, the last refuge of a half-forgotten Bohemian London. But last June Fitzrovia’s streets and squares played host to a series of concerts, workshops and social events designed to highlight the area’s illustrious past. FitzFest was born, boasting a decidedly ambitious programme for…
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Clifford Slapper

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Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “I played the piano for what was to be his last ever television appearance in the world…” The rain is tumbling down outside as Clifford Slapper begins to caress the piano keys atop Quo Vadis in Dean Street. It’s a familiar setting for him, one he played in every night for a number of years. Pianist, producer and now author, Clifford has strong ties with the Fitzrovia neighbourhood, as well as…